Murder at Waldenmere Lake by Michelle Salter

4 Stars from me

I adore the cover of this book. So evocative of the era. And as for that little crow on the letter T, he’s gorgeous!

The story centres around a drive to protect Waldenmere Lake and the efforts of the townsfolk from preventing it from being sold on to a developer. The residents of the town of Walden, largely led by the book’s superb protagonist, Iris Woodmore, desperately want to save the lake. The more Iris investigates, however, the more she uncovers about this sweet, sleepy little town – and the darker side of some of the residents.

Iris is a wonderful character, I enjoyed following her and her feisty ways! She is a perfect heroine for the time and exactly the short of woman you would want on your side. The story takes some dark turns though and poor Iris is in for a turbulent time ahead.

There is such a theme to this story about the War and I really feel that an older generation, or fans of historical fiction, would get so much more out of this aspect of the story.

Overall, the writing style was atmospheric, Iris was a delight and Murder at Waldenmere Lake was an entertaining read. I wonder if I am just a little too fond of the grittier style thrillers to fully have appreciated its gentler touch.

My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, Michelle Salter and Boldwood Books for letting me be a part of this blog tour. #MurderatWaldenmereLake #NetGalley

Blurb: Walden, 1921. Local reporter Iris Woodmore is determined to save her beloved lake, Waldenmere, from destruction.

After a bloody and expensive war, the British Army can’t afford to keep the lake and build a convalescent home on its shores yet they still battle with Walden Council and a railway company for ownership. But an old mansion used as an officer training academy stands where the railway company plans to build a lakeside hotel. It belongs to General Cheverton – and he won’t leave his home.

When the General is found murdered, it appears someone will stop at nothing to win the fight for Waldenmere. Iris thinks she can take on the might of the railway company and find the killer. But nothing prepares her for the devastation that’s to come…


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